Theme Of Modernism In The Great Gatsby

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The English literature period of Modernism occurred around the end of World War One and lasted throughout the Second World War ending at roughly 1965. The period challenged old views and traditions; it instituted a new way of thinking among the people and emphasized the value of the individual and experimentation. There are many influential modernist writers including F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author of The Great Gatsby. Although his book is classified as Modernism, some see components within it which go against qualities of Modernism. To society in the 1900’s Modernism was a whole new way to see things. Modernists thought that the old ways of life and thinking would no longer work due to the wars, poverty, racism, and the rise of new …show more content…
For example the following are excerpts from papers written by Students holding master degrees in English Literature. In Josh Rahn’s words, “In Contrast to the Romantic world view, the Modernist cares rather little for Nature, Being, or the overarching structures of history. Instead of Progress and growth… Modernist see decay and a growing alienation of the individual.” (online-literature.com) While a scholar named Habuo stated that “Modernism was a philosophical and artistic movement which portrayed the world of men as a harsh, hostile environment in which life had lost its meaning and men and women were isolated from each other, struggling to survive alone. This world is one in which our dreams are unrealistic and futile.” (academia.edu) Although both see a decline in society, Habuo seems to see Modernism as a much more of a pessimistic thing than Rahn’s point of …show more content…
With about many different qualities and aspects that just the literary side of Modernism contains it isn’t hard to understand why the time period was considered the time of uncertainty. The era brought a new light to writers and artists all over the world leading to lots of the beautiful things we have today as well as contributing to the discovery of new things. The Modernism helped the world industrialize and modernize to become the way it is today. Without questioning things in life people are unable to learn new things and discover the beauty of

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